Former mineworkers still waiting for Sanlam to pay them

Yazeed Kamaldien

Former South African mineworkers who worked for Anglo American are still waiting for their pension and provident fund payouts.

The mining giant has meanwhile referred queries about the delay in payment to the mineworker’s fund manager Sanlam.

In August, 52 mineworkers were well on their way to accessing these funds. Some of them had worked for the mine up to 30 years ago but did not know how to access the funds.

Cape Town-based lawyer Barnabas Xulu had taken up their cause. His firm has found thousands of former mineworkers across southern Africa who still had not been paid their pension and provident funds.

Two Cape Town mineworkers said this week they were disappointed that the funds had not yet come through.

Bathini Lubaxa from Khayelitsha township said he has been unemployed for a while and needed the money. “They told me I needed to wait. They didn’t say when they would pay me,” he said this week. Siphetho

Dlongwana, also from Khayelitsha, said Anglo American told him in September the “money can take six months to be paid”.

“They sent me a text message on my phone. They said the money is with Sanlam,” said Dlongwana. “We thought we were going to get our money. I’m unemployed. I have no income. My son sometimes gives me groceries.”

Xulu added: “We submitted all the documents to Sanlam and Anglo American.”

Kgomotso Ramokala from Anglo American’s retirement funds unit in Johannesburg said mineworkers who have submitted claim forms “will be paid”.

“I will need to follow up with the administrator (Sanlam) on why there is a delay in payment,” said Ramokala. A spokesperson for Sanlam said they were “preparing a response” but had not done so by the time this article went to print.

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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